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The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year more than 12,000 attendees join our community for four days of insightful dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature. In 2020, AWP takes place in San Antonio, TX, to celebrate the best of what contemporary literature has to offer.
Join us for an evening with Gemini Ink, Porter House Review, Bat City Review, and the Writers' League of Texas.
With a spotlight on the Macondo Writers Workshop, founded by Sandra Cisneros, Gemini Ink presents a literary history that is uniquely San Antonio. This reading features groundbreaking multicultural, Latinx voices who have made significant contributions to contemporary letters. “Multi-instrumentalists” at heart, these Macondistas have produced genre-bending works, and, like the alebrijes of Mexican folk art tradition, walk between worlds of arts, activism, and academia to promote compassion.
In 2012, San Antonio became the first major city in Texas to establish a poet laureate program. This panel and reading will convene four award-winning San Antonio poets laureate to discuss the unique platform the laureateship offered them for impactful community outreach, their goals as poet laureate, the challenges and breakthroughs they experienced in engaging poetry in public spaces, and their continued literary activism in the community after their term. Each poet will also read one poem.